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PSYC 1340
General Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: None. Designed as a course for anyone interested in psychology, and is required for psychology majors, minors, and nursing majors, and is optional for the General Education Requirement for Personal and Global Perspectives. This course is an overview of the scientific study of factors underlying human and animal behavior. Topics include physiological bases of behavior, learning, development, personality theories, social interaction, psychological disorders, and therapy. (Fall, Spring, May)
(TCCN PSYC 2301)

PSYC 2360
Developmental Psychology: The Human Life Cycle (3-0) Prerequisites: None. Designed as a course for anyone interested in psychology. Course is required for psychology, and nursing majors, and is an elective for all others . This course is an introduction to the individual’s personal development and change throughout the life span.
(Fall, Spring) (TCCN PSYC 2314)

PSYC 2370
Social Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340 All psychology majors are required to take Social Psychology (PSYC 3340) and this course counts as an elective for psychology minors. This course is a survey of the ways in which inter- personal events and cultural forces can affect attitudes, social learning, perception, and communication by the individual and the group. (Fall, Spring) (TCCN PSYC 2326)

PSYC 3301
Principles of Learning (3-0) Prerequisite: PSYC 1340. Intended as an elective for psychology majors and minors and other interested students. This course is a survey of the research, principles, and theories of human learning. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, cognitive and social learning theories, motivation, and the neurobiological bases of learning. (Fall)

PSYC 3305
Research Methods and Statistics I (3-0) Prerequisite: MATH 1311 or equivalent. The first of a required two course sequence, this course is an integrated survey of the basic methods and statistics employed in social and behavioral science research. This course emphasizes the link between common research methodologies and the elementary statistics used to describe and interpret results. Topics include; the philosophy of science and the scientific method, the ethics of social research, validity and reliability, sampling, and creating and using tests, surveys, and objective measures. (Fall)

PSYC 3306
Research Methods and Statistics II (3-0) Prerequisite: PSYC 3305. The second of a required two course sequence, this course is an integrated survey of the basic methods and statistics employed in social and behavioral science research. This course emphasizes the link between common research methodologies and the elementary statistics used to describe and interpret results. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation, experimental and quasi experimental designs, single participant experiments and longitudinal studies, and
research with categorical data. (Spring)

PSYC 3310
Psychology of Language (3-0) Prerequisites: None. Counts as an elective for Psychology majors and minors. The course focuses on defining the nature of human language and communication, and the psychological, neurological, and social foundations of language and language pathology. (Spring)

PSYC 3320
Personality Psychology (3-0) Prerequisite: PSYC 1340. Counts as an elective for all psychology majors and minors. This course involves a detailed investigation of the processes responsible for normal and abnormal personality formation. Topics include contemporary and historical models of personality, their assumptions, structures, research methods, assessment techniques, and findings. (Fall)

PSYC 3328
Parenting (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340. This course is an upper level elective for students majoring in the general psychology and counseling & human development concentration in the psychology major. It also counts as an elective for the psychology minor. This course examines theory, research and practice related to the parent child-relationship. The course focuses on effective parenting across developmental stages and in varying circumstances. (Spring even years)

PSYC 3330
Multicultural Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. This course is designed as an upper level elective for psychology majors, minors and other interested students. This course will explore the psychosocial concept of culture and its elements as well as cross-cultural interactions. Topics include: ethnocentrism and cultural relativism; interaction of culture, language and thought; constructing emotions and identities in different cultures; life stages and rites of passage in different cultures; family structure in different cultures (monogamy vs. polygamy); cannibalism and violence; the role of reciprocity, and cultural contact. (Fall)

PSYC 3335
Healthy Relationships (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340. Required for the counseling and human development concentration for the psychology major. An elective for psychology majors, minors, and other interested students. This course provides an introduction to close relationships based upon social psychology theory and current family studies research. Topics include relationship development, relationship processes (including love, sexuality, and maintenance), and relationship dissolution. Types of relationships explored include friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, and diverse relationships.
(Fall even years)


PSYC 3345
Sleep and Dreams (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340. This course is an upper level elective for students majoring in general psychology or neurocognitive psychology, or minoring in psychology or neurocognitive psychology. This course addresses the latest findings from sleep research. This course examines states and stages of the nightly sleep cycle, neurology of sleep and the brain’s circadian clock, consequences of sleep deficit, possible role of dreams, sleep changes across the human life span, comparisons between sleep functions in humans and other species, connections between sleep, learning and memory, sleep disorders, and possible therapies and treatments of sleep disorders.
(Spring odd years)

PSYC 3350
Psychology and Chrisitanity Seminar (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. This course is designed as an upper level elective for psychology majors and minors. This course will compare and contrast the worldview assumptions of prominent secular and Christian psychological thinkers. Topics explored within this framework include revelation and science, faith and belief, morality and the nature of humanity, sex and love, suffering and death. (Spring odd years)

PSYC 3382
Positive Psychology and Mental Health (3-0) Prerequisite: PSYC 1340. Intended as an elective for majors and minors in psychology. This course is a study of the prevention and correction of maladjustment and the development of the whole- some personality. Strong emphasis is placed on the contributions that the behavioral sciences make to the understanding of the individual. (Spring)

PSYC 3385
Gerontology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340 and 2360 or permission of instructor . Intended as an elective for majors and minors in psychology who have an interest in learning about and working with the elderly. This course involves a study of the aging process, including the physical, psychological, and social influences on aging. It includes an analysis of the services available and needed by the elderly. (Spring even years)

PSYC 3390
Psychopharmacology (3-0) Prerequisite: PSYC 1340. Intended as an elective for psychology majors and minors who are interested in the role of chemicals in influencing behavior. This course studies the relationships among most common drugs, biochemical processes of the central nervous system, and behavior. The common uses of these drugs in various clinical and medical therapies, substance abuse, and treatment methods are also stressed. (Spring)

PSYC 4300
Abnormal Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340 and junior or senior standing. This course is designed for all per- sons with an interest in psychological disorders and is an upper level elective for psychology minors, but is required for majors. This course is concerned with an analysis of maladaptive behavior including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and personality dis- orders, as well as substance abuse, somatoform disorders, brain dysfunction, and dissociative disorders. Classification, etiology, prevention, and treatment of abnormal behaviors are also examined. (Fall, Spring)

PSYC 4315
Psychological Tests and Measurements (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. Intended for those students who seek training in administering and evaluating psychological tests. It is an upper level elective for psychology majors intended for those students who seek an introduction to the ad- ministration and evaluation of psychological tests. This course is designed as a survey of a wide variety of group and individual psychological tests. Students administer, score, and interpret selected tests. Topics include test validity, reliability, objectivity, standardization, and meaning of tests and measurements in psychological and educational settings. (Spring)

PSYC 4320
Psychology of the Criminal Mind (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. Intended for all students with an interest in psychology and criminal justice. An upper level elective for psychology majors and minors, and all other interested students. This course is designed to provide the student biological, psychological, and sociocultural theoretical explanations for criminal behavior. Research findings and the treatment and handling of criminals from a mental health perspective are examined. Emphasis is placed on understanding the behavior and thought processes of psychopaths. The use of mental health professionals within the criminal justice system is also discussed. (As needed)

PSYC 4325
Cognitive Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340 and 2360 and 3340. Required for the psychology major. An elective for all other students who meet the prerequisites. This course examines basic and higher order cognitive processes that collectively form human intellectual abilities. Topics covered in this course include perception and pattern recognition, attention, neurological foundations of cognitive processes, memory, language, categorization, cognitive maps, problem solving and creativity, reasoning, and decision-making. (Spring)

PSYC 4328
Marriage and Family Therapy (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, and three additional advanced hours in PSYC, and junior or senior standing. An elective for the counseling and human development concentration for the psychology major. Also an elective for psychology major, minors, and other interested students. This course provides an overview of the major theories of marriage and family therapy. Some of the ethical, value, and legal issues related to counseling families are also discussed. Additional topics explored include family development,
family systems theory and thinking, diversity in family systems, and the history of marriage and family therapy. (Fall odd years)

PSYC 4330
Great Ideas of Psychology: History & Systems (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340. An elective for psychology majors, minors, and other interested students. This course investigates the interesting historical development of the field of psychology and its theories. The course emphasizes both the continuity of ideas and the changes in those ideas as the field of psychology has evolved. Various historical and contemporary schools of thought in psychology are examined. (Spring)

PSYC 4341
Physiological Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, and junior or senior standing. BIOL 1401 or equivalent is recommended. Required for all psychology majors and is an elective for psychology minors. Designed for the psychology or biology student with an interest in how biological function influences behavior. This course examines the processes by which biological factors influence human and animal behavior. Special emphasis is placed on the effects of the brain, neurotransmitters, hormones, and genetics on learning, memory, motivation, sensation, and abnormal behavior. (Fall)

PSYC 4345
Physiological Psychology II (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340 and 4341. Recommended prerequisite: BIOL 1401. Required for the neurocognitive track for the psychology major and for the neurocognitive psychology minor. An elective for all other students. This course is a continuation of PSYC 4341, Physiological Psychology I, and examines the processes by which biological processes influence human behavior. Topics covered in this course include anatomy and physiology of the brain and nervous system and how they affect psychological
processes such as consciousness, thinking, intelligence, regulation of internal states, motivation, sensations, and symptoms of mental disorders. (Spring)

PSYC 4370
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. Designed as an upper level elective for psychology majors, minors, and business students. This course studies the application of the principles of individual and group psychology to persons in the workplace and other organizational settings. Topics include behavioral measurement, personnel selection and training, job satisfaction, and human factors in job design. (Fall odd years)

PSYC 4375
Counseling Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. Designed as an up- per level elective for psychology majors and minors. This course covers some of the major theoretical schools of thought within psychology. Some of the ethical, value, and legal issues related to counseling and their implications for the counseling relationship are discussed. Students will be challenged to think about their own intrapersonal and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses and how these factors could impact the counseling relationship. (Spring)

PSYC 4X88
Internship in Psychology (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, 6 advanced hours in psychology coursework, and junior or senior standing. Intended as an upper level elective for psychology majors. A pre-approved and supervised work experience designed to supplement academic training. Students work at a local agency and attend supervisory meetings. Each course credit hour requires a minimum of 50 hours of on-site work (for example, 3 credit hours requires 150 hours worked on- site). Interested students should discuss this course with the psychology faculty by October 1 for spring semester placement and by March 1 for fall semester placement. This is an experience-enriched course. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring)

PSYC 4392
Senior Seminar in Psychology (3-0) Prerequisites: Senior standing, and 24 hours in psychology or approval by the instructor. Required for all psychology majors. This course is designed to stimulate critical thinking and initiate debate on a number of diverse controversial issues in psychology. The emphasis is on explaining different theoretical approaches to psychological issues and how they can be integrated into a conceptual whole. Students take a locally prepared departmental exam and the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) in Psychology as part of this course. These tests are considered in students’ final grade. This course is designated as the capstone course in psychology. (Fall, Spring)

PSYC 4X95
Independent Studies (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, six additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. An upper level elective for psychology majors and minors. This is an advanced study or research pro- gram arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study of a particular area of interest. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of measuring progress. No more than three semester hours can be approved in Independent Studies. (By arrangement)

PSYC 4X96H
Honors Tutorial (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: 15 hours in psychology and admission to the departmental honors program. Designed to challenge unusually gifted students in psychology. This course provides opportunities for investigation into a variety of psychological topics. It can be taken concurrently with an upper level psychology course or as a separate independent study. This is an experience-enriched course. (By arrangement)

PSYC 4397H
Honors Thesis (0-9) Prerequisites: 15 hours in psychology, admission to the departmental honors program, and approval of the topic by the department and the Honors Committee. This course will provide an opportunity for a student to pursue an in-depth analysis of some contemporary approach to a topic in psychology and write a comprehensive review paper on the findings (25-50 pages). There must also be an oral presentation of this material to an appropriate audience. Honors graduates must successfully complete either Honors Thesis or Honors Research. This is an experience-enriched course and the capstone course for the honors program in Psychology. (By arrangement)

PSYC 4398H
Honors Research (0-9) Prerequisites: 15 hours in psychology, admission to the departmental honors program, and approval of the topic by the department and the Honors Committee. This course will provide an opportunity for a student to pursue an original research topic under the direction of a faculty member from the Department of Psychology. There must be a written report (25-50 pages) of the research findings in a form suitable for publication. There must also be an oral presentation of this material to an appropriate audience. Honors graduates must successfully complete either Honors Research or Honors Thesis. This is an experience enriched course and the capstone course for the honors program in Psychology. (By arrangement)

PSYC XX99
Special Topics (level and credit are variable) Prerequisites: PSYC 1340, three additional advanced hours in psychology, and junior or senior standing. An elective for psychology majors, minors, and other interested students. Courses of this nature are infrequent on unique topics of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. Courses of this type may be repeated once for credit when the topics vary. (Fall, Spring, Summer)


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Dr. Greg Schneller, Chair
Department of Psychology
McMurry University
1 McMurry University #86
Abilene, TX 79697

Office: Old Main 305C
Phone: (325) 793-4619
Email: schneller.greg@mcm.edu